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Rebecca J. Britton CV

Biography

Rebecca Britton is a certified mediator in the Superior Courts of North Carolina. She has more than 30 years of hands-on practice litigating and trying personal injury and wrongful death cases. She has significant experience representing plaintiffs in medical malpractice, auto torts, and other negligence based claims involving personal injury and wrongful death. This litigation and jury trial experience and insight are helpful to all parties, including their attorneys and carriers in assessing the costs and risks of trial.

 

She is well-known for the respect and care she offers her clients and has earned numerous honors for her professional standing and service to her clients and the Fayetteville community. She has also taught Advanced Trial Advocacy as an adjunct professor at Campbell University School of Law. 

Education

  • Campbell University School of Law, Raleigh, North Carolina

    • JD - 1992

    • Honors: Order of Barristers, 1992

    • Honors: National Moot Court Team, 1992

    • Honors: National Trial Team, 1992

  • UNIVERSITY OF MAINE at Presque Isle

    • B.A. - 1989

    • Honors: with distinction

    • Honors: President, Student Senate 1988

    • Honors: Vice President, Student Senate 1987

    • Honors: Vice President, Univ. of ME System Student Government, 1988

    • Major: English

    • Minor: Political Science

Bar Admission

  • North Carolina, 1992

  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina, 1992

  • U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina, 1995

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1995

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1996

Professional Associations & Memberships

North Carolina Advocates for Justice, 1992 – Present

  • Professional Negligence Section Member, Auto Torts Section Member

  • Member of Board of Governors, 2000 – 2001

  • Vice President for Public Education, 2001 – 2005; President-Elect, 2005 – 2006; President, 2006 – 2007

  • Attorney Advisor for Westover High School Mock Trial Team, Wade Edwards High School Mock Trial Competition, 1995 – 2000 (State Champions, 1998; 5th in Nation, 1998)

  • Co-Chair 2002 and 2003 Annual Convention

 

North Carolina Mock Trial Program

  • Board of Directors, 2003 – 2009

  • Vice President/Treasurer, 2009 – 2018

  • President, 2018 – Present

  • Fayetteville Regional Competition Site Coordinator, 2001 – Present

  • Host Director, National High School Mock Trial Championship, Charlotte, NC, 2005

  • Co-Chair, Host Committee for National High School Mock Trial Championship, Raleigh, NC, 2015

 

National High School Mock Trial Championship

  • Board of Directors, 2003 – 2005 and 2014 – 2019

 

North Carolina Bar Association, 1992 – 2023

  • Executive Committee for Litigation Section 2003 – 2004

  • Tri-Chair, 4-ALL Public Service Project, 2008 – 2009

  • Law Related Education Committee

  • Access to Justice Council

 

American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), 2018 – Present

Current & Past Positions

Maginnis Howard (formerly, Britton Law)

Of Counsel

September 2020 – Present

Area of Practice: Mediation

Past Employment Positions

Britton Law, P.A. | Fayetteville, NC

Founder and President, October 2010 – September 2020

Areas of Practice: Civil litigation concentrating in personal injury and wrongful death claims stemming from the negligence of others.

 

Hutchens, Senter & Britton, P.A. | Fayetteville, NC
Partner, 2005 – 2010
Areas of Practice: Civil litigation concentrating in medical negligence, personal injury, wrongful death, civil rights, and sexual assault cases.

Hardison & Leone, LLP | Fayetteville, NC
Managing Partner, Fayetteville Office, 2004 – 2005
Areas of Practice: Civil litigation concentrating in medical negligence, personal injury, wrongful death, civil rights, and sexual assault cases.

Beaver, Holt, Sternlicht, Glazier, Britton & Courie, P.A. | Fayetteville, NC
Partner, 1998 – 2004
Areas of Practice: Civil litigation concentrating in medical negligence, personal injury, wrongful death, civil rights, and sexual assault cases.

Beaver, Holt, Richardson, Sternlicht, Burge & Glazier, P.A. | Fayetteville, NC
Associate, 1992 – 1998

Campbell University School of Law
Adjunct Professor: Advanced Trial Advocacy, 2020 – 2022; Pretrial Litigation, 1997 – 2004.
 

Honors & Awards

  • Chief Justice's Professionalism Award, North Carolina Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism, 2021

  • John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award, North Carolina State Bar, 2021

  • NC Lawyers Weekly's Women of Justice - Litigation Practitioner Award 2013

  • NCAJ Charles L. Becton Teaching Award, 2011

  • NCAJ Kelly Crabtree Award, 2002, for work in the Lesly Jean Case (DNA Exoneration)

  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, The Top Attorneys Listing, 2005 – 2023

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2014 – 2022

  • Outstanding Women of the 20th Century, 2000

Published Works

Articles:

“Investing in Our Future Leaders – 30 Years and Beyond”, North Carolina State Bar Journal, Summer 2022

 

Monthly contributor to “Legally Speaking” – Up & Coming Weekly Magazine, Fayetteville, NC

  • “Social Media and Litigation”, September 16, 2020

  • “Covid Immunity, the Legal Kind”, August 19, 2020

  • “Distracted Driving – The Scary Reality”, July 15, 2020

  • “Teen Driving Poses Risks”, June 17, 2020

  • “Motorcycles and Helmets”, May 27, 2020

  • “Scammers”, April 15, 2020

  • “Starting a New Business?”, March 18, 2020

  • “Been in a Car Wreck? What are your Rights?”, February 13, 2020

  • “Is ‘Full Coverage’ really what you think it is?”, January 8, 2020

 

“Authenticating Web Pages and Social Media”, NCAJ Trial Briefs, October 2018

 

“Litigating Wrongful Death Claims”, NCAJ Trial Briefs, October 2013

 

“Work to Reduce Medical Errors”, Opinion, Fayetteville Observer Times, August 25, 2013

 

“Patients deserve protection from medical mistakes”, Opinion - Fayetteville Observer Times, February 26, 2011

 

“When an Accident Happens”, Women's View Magazine, January 2010

 

“How to Make your Hospital Stay Safer”, Opinion, Fayetteville Observer Times, Fall 2006

 

“Join the Law Day Celebration”, Fayetteville Observer Times, April 27, 2006

 

“It's Not the Verdicts, It's the Malpractice”, Fayetteville Observer Times, June 2003

 

“Barriers to Justice Issue”, Editor, NCATL Trial Briefs, May 2002

 

“Sovereign Immunity”, NCATL Trial Briefs, May 2002

 

“The Lesly Jean Story: A Quest for Truth, A Quest for Justice”, NCATL Trial Briefs, January 2002

 

“Bar Association Campaign More Than Hip Hop Video”, Fayetteville Observer Times, May 7, 1999

 

Lectures/Manuscripts for Classes/Seminars:
  • Direct Examination of Treating Physicians: Showing the Medical Truth Behind the Pain & Suffering, Proving Pain & Suffering Through Every Stage of Your Trial, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, February 17, 2023

  • Practice Management:  Contemplating Cutting Back or Semi-Retirement? North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Wellness Series, February 8, 2022

  • Working With Treating Physicians (To get the most out of your client’s case, showing the medical truth behind damages),” Concurrent Workshop, North Carolina Advocates for Justice Summer Convention, June 2018

  • Sovereign Immunity and the State Tort Claims Act, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Mountain Magic – Fall Paralegal Conference, October 2017.

  • Driving Home Damages with Lay Witnesses, Concurrent Workshop, North Carolina Advocates for Justice Summer Convention, June 19, 2017

  • Driving Home Damages with Lay Witnesses, Advanced Personal Injury Practice II Seminar, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, February 10, 2017

  • Co-chair - McGrady and Daubert: What You Need to Know About Experts in North Carolina, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, November 16, 2016

  • Direct Examination of Treating Physician: Showing the Medical Truth Behind the Pain & Suffering, Proving Pain & Suffering Through Every State of Your Trial Seminar, North Carolina Academy of Trial, November 20, 2015

  • Billed v. Paid - Just How Important Are the Medical Bills? Trying Cases after Tort Reform Seminar, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, November 20, 2015

  • Closing: Winning on Liability and Damages, Ultimate Civil Trial Notebook Seminar, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, September 11, 2015

  • NC's NEW Medicaid Subrogation Law: Ahlborn Finally Arrives (with short time limits), NCAJ Webinar, August and October 2013

  • Developing Damages in Catastrophic Injury Cases, NCAJ Mountain Magic, Paralegal Program, October 2012

  • Faculty, Deposition Skills Seminar, NCAJ, November 2011

  • Greatest Wins and Losses, The Case of Lesly Jean - a Lesson in Persistence and Perseverance, NCAJ Summer Convention, June 2011

  • Problems Representing Estates in Wrongful Death Claims, NCAJ Summer Convention for Legal Assistance Division, June 2011

  • Ethics - Paralegal Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility; Paralegal Responsibility, 20th Annual Educational Seminar, Cumberland County Paralegal Association, April 2, 2011

  • Problems Representing Estates in Wrongful Death Claims, Wrongful Death: Achieving Maximum Results for Your Client, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, January 28, 2011

  • Discovery Sequencing for Maximum Effectiveness, Pre-Trial Practice: Written Depositions & Discovery Seminar, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, February 10, 2006

  • Handling Special Problems in Disbursement of Wrongful Death Recoveries, Wrongful Death Seminar, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 12/10/2004, October 11, 2002

  • Witness Preparation: What Makes Them Believable, Heavy Hitters: How the Masters Win Cases and How Their Strategies Can Help You Win Yours Seminar, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, May 9, 2003

  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Instructor for Trial Advocacy Clinic, Spring 2003

  • Turn Around is Fair Play, Winning Exhibits, Exhibits That Will Turn Around a Trial, Mediation or Settlement Seminar, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, November 8, 2002

  • Representing the Wrongfully Convicted: A Popular Cause for Unpopular, The Case of Lesly Jean: Justice Betrayed and Justice Delayed, Suing the Sovereign Seminar, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, October 11, 2002

  • Rules 9(j) and 702: Are We There Yet? Medical Malpractice Seminar, February 15, 2002

  • Handling Special Problems in Disbursement of Wrongful Death Recoveries, Nuts & Bolts of Dollars & Cents Seminar, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, January 18, 2002

  • Rules 9(j) and 702: Where Are We Now? Medical Negligence Seminar, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, May 4, 2001

  • Using Economists and Life Care Planners in Personal Injury Cases, Learning The Ropes, Getting the Most Out of Your Personal Injury Cases: Winning, Collecting and Keeping Damages Seminar, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, January 12, 2001

  • Rules 9(j) and 702: Where Are We Now? Medical Negligence Seminar, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, May 12, 2000

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